Darlene Showalter, DNP, RN, CNS

Darlene Showalter

Darlene Showalter, DNP, RN, CNS
Clinical Associate Professor

Office: NUR 317 
Curriculum Vitae


  • DNP: Joint programs UAH, UAB, UA
  • MSN: University of South Carolina
  • BSN: Southern Adventist University
  • ADN: Southern Adventist University

Professional Certifications

  • CNS

Clinical Expertise

  • Obstetrics

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR403 Family centered parent-infant nursing
  • NUR 739: Scholarly Practice Project

Service Activities

College of Nursing and University of Alabama in Huntsville


  • Strategic Management Committee, 2015-present
  • Faculty & Staff Award Task Force, 2015-present
  • Nurse’s Pinning Ceremony Coordinator, 20142015
  • Nursing Honors Convocation Coordinator, 2014-2015
  • Curriculum Transformation Taskforce, 2014-2015
  • CON Faculty Council, F2013-2015
  • Dismissals and Readmissions Review Committee member, 2013-2015
  • UAH Search Committee member for CON Dean, Spring 2014
  • Coordinated and attended Phone-a-thon with A. Caries, Spring 2014
  • Conducted Recruiting events at Westminster Christian Academy Science class, 2014
  • CON 400-level Coordinator, Spring 2012Spring 2013
  • UAH Search Committee member for Director of International Engagement, 2012
  • CON Undergraduate Curriculum Review Task Force 2012-13
  • CON Career Progression Committee 2012-2013
  • CON Curriculum committee, Chair: 2010-2012
  • CON Curricular Transformation Task Force 2011-2013
  • CON Faculty Council, 2010-2012
  • CON Career Progression Committee, 2007-2011
  • UAH Faculty Senator 2008-2011
  • UAH Personnel Committee 2008-2011
  • UAH Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 2008-2011
  • CON Evolve On-Line Resource Coordinator for Jr’s, Sr’s and faculty, 2009-2011
  • CON Pinning Ceremony Co-Coordinator 2009
  • CON Curriculum Sub-committee 2007-2009
  • CON Co-creator and course manager: Hospital Orientation ANGEL site, 2007-2011
  • UAH & CON Student Recruitment
    • Westminster Christian Academy Science Classes, 2013 & 2014
    • Westminster Christian Academy, 2012
    • Butler High School, Huntsville, AL, 2002, 2003
    • Bob Jones High School, Madison, AL, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008
    • Huntsville Hospital, 2002
    • Health South, 2002
    • Huntsville Tech Center, 2002, 2004
    • Huntsville Middle School, 2002
    • N. E. Community College, Rainesville, AL, 2001
    • Madison County High School Fair, 2000
    • FACES, Montgomery, AL, 2000
    • Cullman County College Fair, 2000
    • Huntsville Tech Center, 2000
    • Motlow Community College, 2000
  • CON Let’s Pretend Hospital Planning Committee, 2000
  • CON, Faculty Council, Huntsville, AL, 1999-2000
  • CON, ASNA, Huntsville, AL, 1999-2000
  • CON Activities Committee, Huntsville, AL, 1998-2000
  • CON Sigma Theta Tau Research Conference Hostess, 1999 Huntsville, AL


  • Alabama Department of Public Health Perinatal Advisory Board: Member, 2010-present
  • Every Young Woman’s Battle Teen Series: North Al. Coordinator, 2014
  • Basic First Aid, Madison Hawks Youth Group, 2013
  • Prevention of Heart attacks and strokes: Madison Hawks Youth Group, 2013
  • Safety with household pets: prevention of dog bites: Madison Hawks Youth Group, 2013
  • Pediatric Health teaching: WCA M&M campus (GI system and brain function), 2012
  • Crisis Services of Alabama: Board of Directors2008-2009
  • N. AL Food Bank: Madison Food Drive Coordinator (Madison Hawks) , 2008-2014
  • American Heart Association BLS Education Committee: Member, Corporate University, Huntsville Hospital, 2008-2013
  • Spanish Childbirth Preparation classes for low-income women, free, 2008
  • Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL, 1998-2014. BLS Instructor—available to teach low income groups—free
  • Huntsville Hospital Translator, Huntsville, AL, 1998-present
  • Community Free Clinic: Translator 2003present
  • Community Free Clinic Board of Directors: Member, 2006-2007
  • Westminster Christian Academy M&M Campus. A&P guest lecturer (neuro, cardiac, sensory, musculoskeletal), 2006-2012
  • Teen Addiction-Prevention Health Series: Harvest of Grace SDA , 2005 (4 wks)
  • Bob Jones/Madison Community Advisory Committee, 2004-2007
  • Suicide Prevention: Postpartum psychoses, depression and hypothyroidism: in collaboration with Jane Bloemetjie LCSW Mental Health Lecture Series, Huntsville, 2004
  • Maranatha International Mission: Coronado &Ipiz, Costa Rica , Clinic Director, 2002
  • Butler High School: Anthrax, 2002
  • Huntsville Tech Center: Breastfeeding class for pregnant teens, 2002
  • Downtown Rescue Mission: Assist with Food Services, 2001
  • Downtown Rescue Mission: Sapp Women’s & Children’s Shelter: Baby clothes and toy drive, 2001
  • Downtown Rescue Mission: Toiletries collection and donation, 2000-present
  • Central SDA Church, “Heart: a Miracle”, 2001
  • CASA Food Drive Coordinator: Central SDA church, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Crisis Serv. of Alabama, Christmas Fundraiser Volunteer, 2000-present
  • Big Cove Christian Academy, “What’s Nursing,” 2000
  • Central SDA Church, Longevity and Health Practices, Huntsville, AL, 2000
  • Toolbox for Parents: Workshop, Central SDA, 1999
  • Stroke Screening Clinic, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL, 1999
  • Women’s Resource Center, Early Pregnancy Celebration Workshop, Florence, SC, 1996-98
  • Poynor Adult Education Center, Women’s Health Lecture series, Florence, SC 1995
  • Darlington Middle School, STD/Drug Awareness class Darlington, SC, 1995
  • Lamar Middle School, STD/Drug Awareness class, Lamar, SC, 1995
  • Florence Civic Center, Women’s Show: Breast Cancer and BSE Education, Florence, SC, 1994
  • Women’s Resource Center, Adolescent Self Esteem Enhancement Seminars-Coopersmith Inventory, Florence, SC, 1994
  • Women’s Health Fair, free GYN screenings, Bishopville, SC, 1993
  • Migrant Worker Resource (Spanish Translator & community liaison) Florence, SC, 1990-1998

Research Interests

  • Intrapartum nursing
  • Care of the high-risk prenatal woman
  • Breastfeeding: Skin-to-skin contact
  • Nursing student retention

Publications and Presentations

  • Showalter, D. Amiri, A. Student Perception and Appraisal of a New Interventional Model to Prepare Them for Entry into Maternal-Infant Clinical Rotations and to Reduce Anxiety. 26th International Nursing Research Congress Sigma Theta Tau International. San Juan, PR, 7/15 (International- Podium Presentation)
  • Showalter, D. Test-item writing and analysis. UAH CON Faculty Development Workshop. Huntsville, AL, 5/15. (Podium Presentation)
  • Showalter, D. Committee member DNP Project: Screening for Chlamydia in young women at a student health clinic. 2015-present.
  • Showalter, D. Committee member DNP Project: Development of PCOS Clinical Guidelines for GYN services in a community clinic. 2014-present.
  • Amiri, A., Showalter, D., Peveler, P., Stewart, A. Starting OB Clinical with a Simulation: A pilot model for nursing education. Sigma Theta Tau Region 8, 10/14 (Regional- South, Podium Presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Early skin-to-skin Contact: The Golden Hour. The Gold Standard Lactation Conference, Tanner Al 7/13 ( Regional-South, Podium Presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Obstetrics Simulation Consultant: CAE High Fidelity Simulations, 8/13 (Authored 3 high-fidelity clinical simulations).
  • Showalter, D. Professionalism in Nursing: Utilization of Evolve and Campus resources relevant to NCLEX success at UAH. Huntsville, AL. 1/13 & 8/13 (New Student Seminar- Local, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D. (2012). Formation of Breastfeeding Attitudes Among Nursing Students. Clinical Lactation, 2(3), 69-74. (Publication in peer reviewed journal).
  • Showalter, D. Professionalism in Nursing. UAH, AL. 1/13 (ANS Student Workshop-Local, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Mining for Gold: utilization of A2 admission assessment data to predict student success in nursing program. 4/12 (Faculty Development-Local, Podium presentation).
  • Frith, K., Showalter, D., O’Neal, P., Predictors of Exit Exam and NCLEX-RN Performance: Analysis of five cohorts of pre-licensure BSN students and recommendations for future educational effectiveness. 11/12 (CON data analysis & report for admission policy change
  • Showalter, D. & with R. Ferguson. Promoting and Assessing Critical Thinking in the Classroom. Nursing Education: How we do it. UAH, 3/12. (Faculty Development-Local, Podium Presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Madison Hospital RN Training: Evidence Based Lactation Support and Skin-to-skin Contact. Madison, AL. 7/12 (Local Hospital, Podium Presentation).
  • Showalter, D. North Alabama 13th Annual Perinatal Conference: Skin-to-skin contact: what does the research say? Huntsville, AL. 10/12 (Regional, Podium Presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Implementation of a clinical guideline for skin-to-skin contact and early breastfeeding in a labor & delivery unit. Joint DNP Intensive, UAB, UAH, UA. University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, 3/12 (State level, Poster presentation).
  • Showalter, D. UAB, UAH, UA Joint DNP Program Scholarly Project Poster: 1st prize. University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL. 3/12 .
  • Showalter, D. (with panel: Dr. P.V. O’Neal & M. Bonilla). Multicultural aspects of nursing education. Nursing Education: How we do it- a workshop. UAH, Huntsville, AL, 3/12 (Faculty Development- Local, Panel presentation).
  • -Showalter, D. (with R. Ferguson) Promoting and Assessing Critical Thinking in the Classroom. Nursing Education: How we do it- a workshop. UAH, Huntsville, AL, 3/12 (Faculty Development- Local, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Early Breastfeeding: So close and yet so far! (A review of the literature). Joint DNP Intensive UAH, UAB, UA. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. 3/11 (State Level, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D. An organization tool for managing a clinical course. Course Manager’s Meeting UAH, AL. Fall 2010 (Faculty Development- Local, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D., Herrin, K. Mentoring: A rung in the ladder of student success in a Baccalaureate program. Sigma Theta Tau Research Day. Huntsville, AL, 11/09. (State Level, Podium Presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Obstetrical “Nuts and Bolts” for NCLEX success. ASNA Annual Convention, Decatur AL, 10/09. (State Level, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D. Speak Spanish: You’re in America Now! ASNA Annual Convention. UA, Tuscaloosa AL, 9/19-20/09. (State Level, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D, Herrin, K. Proven Formula for Success in a Nursing Program. AANS Annual Convention, UA, Tuscaloosa AL, 9/19-20/09. (State Level, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D., Herrin K., O’Neal, P.V. Proven Formula for Success: Menu Selection for Learning. Sigma Theta Tau Research Day. Huntsville, AL 03/08. (Local level, Podium presentation).
  • Herrin, K. & Showalter D. Leading in the Classroom and Clinical. University of Alabama in Huntsville. Student Nurses Association Regional Conference. Huntsville, AL, 5/08 (Local Level, Podium presentation).
  • Showalter, D., Herrin K. AACN Standards Update as Applicable to a Baccalaureate Nursing Program. UAH CON Faculty Meeting. Huntsville, AL 5/08. (Local level, meeting presentation).
  • Showalter, D., Herrin K., O’Neal, P.V. Proven Formula for Success: Individualized Instructional Module and Faculty Mentoring. American Association for Colleges of Nursing. Baccalaureate Educational Conference. New Orleans, LA 11/07. (National Level, Poster presentation).
  • Reviewed grant proposals submitted to March of Dimes through NARPAC, 2001, 2002. (State Level).
  • Showalter, D., Warren, I., Brookman J. Childbearing among Alabama Latino Families. FACES. Montgomery, AL 04/00. (State Level, Podium Presentation).